Special Day highlights for the 2022 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — No matter who you are, there is something for everyone at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 10-18.
“Each day the Fair is chock full of activities for all ages,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “However, some activities are scheduled only on a special day, which makes each day at the Fair a very unique experience.”
Saturday, Sept. 10 is Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Day. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative will sponsor a display in Central Park, where fairgoers can get an up close look at a large basket truck and meet their local co-op representatives.
Monday, Sept. 12 is Veteran’s Appreciation Day sponsored by Iowa Lottery and OnlineAmmo.com. Activities include a parade at 10:00am and a special program at 11:00am. All veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to the Fair, as a thank you for their service to our Nation.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, fairgoers 65 and older can enjoy $8.00 admission on Senior Day. Special activities include a parade of antique tractors and the antique tractor pull.
Also on Tuesday is a brand-new special day, FFA Day sponsored by Summit Carbon Solutions. Local FFA students can spend a day at the Fair as part of this leadership event. Students will have the opportunity to visit a college fair featuring eight colleges, listen to former National FFA Officer Jason Wetzler, and participate in a leadership workshop.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 is Disability Awareness Day. The Fair welcomes people with disabilities from throughout the region with events planned for them thanks to the Pony Express Riders, GoldStar Amusements, and Shriners. Persons who have pre-registered for the day can participate in carnival rides and a special luncheon.
The Iowa Corn Growers Association celebrates Iowa Corn Day on Thursday, Sept. 15 with exhibits and presentations in Central Park showcasing the importance of this crop in Iowa and beyond. The day will also include a special performance from the viral YouTube parody group Peterson Farm Brothers at 11:00am. The brothers are famous for “I’m Farming and I Grow It” (“Sexy and I Know It” parody), “Farmer Style” (“Gangnam Style” parody), and “A Fresh Breath of Farm Air” (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” parody).
Friday, Sept. 16 is Y100 Kids Day and Iowa Dairy Day. Kids 18 and under are admitted free all day and can buy a special all-day wristband for unlimited rides on the GoldStar Amusements Midway. Wristbands are available online at claycountyfair.com, at the Events Center Box Office, by phone at 515-244-2771, or at 12 different Godfather’s Pizza locations in Iowa and Minnesota. Also on Friday is Iowa Dairy Day sponsored by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance. Fairgoers will learn about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa through different displays and activities at Central Park.
Iowa Lakes Community College and ISU Extension Clay County present Science Saturday on Saturday, Sept. 17. All ages can participate in the hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and experiments in various locations throughout the Fair.
About The Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair & Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.